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How to Pickup

Become a Passenger Pickup Expert

How to Pickup

What kind of a driver are you? Have you mastered the most important thing that we do, the passenger pickup? There  can be so many complications: Passenger’s not ready. Bus zones. Double parking. These are the things that we’re going to cover in this video.

Stick around because, at the end of the video, he's going to share with you the number one tool we have to become an expert at the passenger pickup. Scroll to the video transcript below to read the points covered in the video.

This video is from a US based driver, so you can ignore references to Lyft.

And when he talks about planning your pickup so that your passenger is on the right, that's because they drive on the right side of the road. For here, it's on the left, of course.

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Lucky to Live Here

Rideshare in the U.S.

Here's some rideshare stuff happening in the U.S.

Some frightening, like the young driver being shot at over a $10 McDonald's delivery.

Some Covid-19 related, like face recognition software being employed to ensure passengers are wearing masks.

And some interesting, like all of the new rideshare startups in response to Uber and Lyft's legal stoushes.

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So What’s the Catch?

A lot of work, knowledge and experience went into creating the 8 books making up the Internet Marketing FAST box set. So why am I giving it away? There must be a catch...

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Well, there's two. Sort of...

First up, most people pay for it. The eight books are published on Amazon individually, and that's where most people who want to create an online business buy them from.

You can only get them for free by invitation.

Like this one.

And the other catch, if you could call it one, is that I understand that most people can't build something new just by reading about it in books. They need to be shown, they need to practise what they've been shown and they need personal help and mentoring.

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Is This My New EV?

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai's New Ioniq Range

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Electric Vehicles and believe that they're a future that's arriving rapidly.

Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so.

If you'd been asked just a few weeks ago "What is the most valuable car manufacturer in the world?" (as measured by stock market valuation) the answer would have been Toyota.

Now it's Tesla.

In fact, Tesla is now worth more than the next five car manufacturers combined!

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New Survey Results

Thank you to all the extra drivers who added their results to the survey since they were first published yesterday. There were some significant changes, so I've republished them here.

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This chart reflects increased pessimism. The original chart showed 64% reported that their rideshare business was worse or much worse because of the pandemic. This has increased to a whopping 78%.

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Survey Results

Survey Result 1

The survey results are in and the results are interesting. If you didn't get around to completing the survey yesterday, you can still do so at https://rideshareguy.com.au/please-complete-this-short-rideshare-survey/. I'll be happy to republish the results if the figures change significantly.

The chart above is just one of the results from one question. As you can see, 64% of respondents felt that their rideshare business was worse or much worse because of Covid-19.

Let's have a look at the rest of the results.

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New Nissan Leaf EV Test Drive

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The Primary Criteria

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I believe that there are three primary criteria for an electric vehicle to become mainstream in Australia.

1. Cost

On the road cost to be less than $50K. Closer to $40K would seal the deal.

2. Range

A range of at least 400 km. Closer to 500 km would be better.

3. Charging

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Is the 2019 Second Generation Nissan Leaf Your New EV?

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There's a lot to like about the 2019 second-generation Nissan Leaf. But is it enough to convince an Uber driver to swap to an EV?

2nd Generation Nissan Leaf

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To me, one of the most attractive things about the new second-generation Leaf, Nissan's latest venture into the EV market is that it doesn't look like an electric vehicle.

It doesn't look like its design criterion was to come up with something that looks really quirky and your colour choices aren't restricted to hot pink or fluorescent green. In fact, it looks just like an attractive, up market, highly spec'd, regular hatchback that just happens to be a totally quiet high performer with zero emissions.

But is it enough to convince you to switch from internal combustion to electric?

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Uber Driver Gives Himself 5 Star Rating and $100 Tip!

Uber Driver Steals 100 Dollar Tip

I Don't Know Whether to Laugh or Cry

Do I Laugh or Cry

What about this recent story?

A driver was recently reported as asking his rider for her phone so he could "make a route alteration".

The passenger reported that he did something really quick with the phone and then handed it back to her.

The "really quick" thing that he'd done was to end the trip and give himself a 5-star rating, followed by a generous tip of $100! Now that's taking the self-employment concept a bit too far.

Umm... there is another word for that - it's called stealing.

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